The Shortz! Film Festival is an annual international short film festival in Chico, California showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. The festival accepts and screens short films with running times of 30 minutes or less in any genre.

Created by local filmmakers from Chico, California, Shortz! was started with the desire to bring film makers together in a fun and funky environment, to meet and network with the ultimate goal of producing more films.



It is with a heavy heart and much deliberation that we have decided to put the festival on hiatus until further notice.


Shortz! Film Fest Call For Entries Is Now Open!!!

Here it is. It's that time of year. The Shortz! Film Festival Call For Entries is now open! YES, we are now accepting your short films for consideration for the 2016 Shortz! Fest. And the films are pouring in! Thank you for those of you who have submitted your films already. If you haven't entered your film yet, now is the best time to act. Go to the Shortz! Film Fest home page, click on the Submit with Film Freeway link, and submit your film. It's just that easy. Early submission is only $10.00, and that gets you a ticket to the Shortz! Film Fest in September. You have absolutely nothing to loose.

We are very excited about this years Film Fest, as always we have some very special surprises in store for those who attend. And we are anxious to see your films. So don't delay, enter your film today!

And The 2015 Award Goes To

Another Huge THANK YOU  to all of our filmmakers that screened at the festival this past weekend. You all made it our best season ever!
Drum roll please! And the awards for the 2015 Shortz! Film Festival are.....


Judges Choice
1st Place

Karma | Vladimir Mitrevski | Macedonia


One of a kind Shortz! Trophy
$300 US
JungleSoft - Chimpanzee
2nd Place

Mr. Dentonn | Ivan Villamel Sanchez | Spain


JungleSoft - Chimpanzee
Ink Tip

3rd Place

Moth | Tess Löwenhardt | Netherlands


JungleSoft - Koala Call Sheets

Rough Neighborhood | Matthew Thayer | US


One of a kind Shortz! Trophy
$50 US


Audience Choice

1st Place

A King's Betrayal | David A Bornstein | US

AMain Quad Drone with camera
JungleSoft - Chimpanzee
Ink Tip

2nd Place

In The Bag | Cole Northey | Canada

JungleSoft - Koala Call Sheets
Ink Tip
Trader Joes Bag O' Goodies

3rd Place

Pretty Boy | Cameron Thrower | US


JungleSoft - Koala Call Sheets
Brief Juice Box | Ezra Nelson, Taven Olsson, Peyton Allen | US

AMain - Mini Drone


Judges Category Awards
Winners Receive An Official Shortz! Award Certificate (and, of course bragging rights)

Best Drama Spit | Mtume Gant |US
Best Comedy Duped | Matthew Thayer | US
Best Action Dennis Is Dead | Tomasz Wysocki | US
Best Animation My Kingdom | Debra Solomon | US
Best Documentary The Adventures of Ned Hawkins | Stephen & Chelsey Diaz |US
Best Horror Mr. Dentonn Ivan Villamel Sanchez | Spain


Zacuto Z-Finder Pro Winner - Shawn Dyer | US


The time has come!

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings." Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll

Well, in our case the time has come for some amazing short films, prize raffles, good friends (old and new), great food and FREE popcorn.

The 5th Annual Shortz! Film Festival launches tonight and continues through Sunday. The festival schedule can be found here, so you can plan your day with us. Remember, we would love for you to stay for the entire festival, but with your admission you can join us for as many or as few film blocks as you like.

We can't thank our sponsors, the Chico community and our film fest fans enough for making this season our biggest one yet!



From the entire Shortz! Film Festival Staff

Sharing the LOVE

You already know how much we LOVE our short films and our Shortz! ChicoBags,

now let us show you how much we LOVE you, our Film Fest Fans! 

Meet us at the Downtown Thursday Night Market in Chico CA, Sept. 10th and 17th, and get the most amazing deal ever!

The first 50 people who buy one of our sweet, reusable Shortz! ChicoBags will find a single day ticket inside! WHAAAA?! But wait....what about those few lost weekend passes?  They are still there too! That's right buy a bag, get a ticket for FREE!

But don't wait...this deal is only for a 'shortz' amount of time and only at the
Shortz! Film Festival Thurs Night Market Booth!
Join us at the 5th Annual Shortz! Film Festival at the El Rey Theater, Chico, CA


Thursday Night Market Shortz!

Chico Thursday Night Market pictureIf you haven't visited downtown Chico Thursday Night Markets yet now is the time. Tons of farm fresh produce, arts & crafts, entertainment, and now the SHORTZ! FILM FEST Booth!

The Shortz! Film Fest booth will be downtown starting Thursday, Aug. 27th through Sept.17th. and is located on 4th St, between Broadway and Main, next to the plaza.  We will have information about the festival and tickets available for purchase.  And don't forget...we have some missing weekend passes somewhere in our Shortz! ChicoBags.  Get yourself a bag and you might just see the fest for FREE!

So come downtown tomorrow night and say hi!

Shortz! Film Festival Sept. 18th - 20th, 2015, at El Rey Theater Chico, CA

Where are those tickets?

OH NO! Some how we have misplaced some of our weekend passes! We think they fell in to our box of Shortz! Film Fest Chico Bags and who ever finds them gets to keep them! 

Buy a Shortz! Film Fest reusable Chico Bag, and you might get to see the Shortz! Fest for FREE! 

So what do you have to do? Come to the Chico Downtown Thursday Night Market starting August 27th - September 17th and visit us at the Shortz Film Fest booth. We will have our Chico Bag reusable totes there for sale.  Buy one, open it up, and see if you find a "Weekend Pass" inside. 

The fifth annual Shortz! Film Fest runs Setember 18th 19th and 20th at the El Rey Theater in Downtown Chico. 

Tickets are on sale at or at our Thursday Night Market booth. Looking forward to seeing you!

Call for Volunteers

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The Shortz! Fest is putting out the call to dependable friends of the festival! How can you help? Glad you asked.

We need help with the daily work during the festival and the Thursday night market booth. The festival is September 18th 19th and 20th and the Thursday night market boot will run every Thursday Night (duh) starting on August 27th and ending September 17th.  We also need assistance putting up posters a couple of weeks before the festival.

During the festival, we need people to operate the ticket booth, the raffle table, to check tickets at the door, to collect and tally voting ballots, and whatever else comes up. For the Thursday night market nights, we need people to help with set up and tear down of the booth, assist in the booth by handing out flyers and answering simple questions about the film festival. Each shift is only about three and a half hours long, give or take. 

What do you get out of it? You get a weekend pass to the festival, that is worth $20 right there. You get FREE popcorn. You get to be part of a very cool Film Festival. You get to meet people from all over the county and the world who attend.  Plus you gain our undying love and respect ... because you know you can't buy love or respect. LOL Take a look at the chart below and let us know when you can help. Contact us at


Date Time  Job
Thurs 8/27 5:00p - 8:30p Thursday Night Booth
Thurs 9/3 5:00p - 8:30p Thursday Night Booth
Thurs 9/10 5:00 p- 8:00p Thursday Night Booth
Thurs 9/17 5:00p - 8:30p Thursday Night Booth
Fri 9/18 6:00p - 9:00p Ticket Booth
Fri 9/18 6:00p - 9:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Fri 9/18  6:00p - 9:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Ticket Booth
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Raffle Table
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Raffle Table
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sat 9/19 5:00p - 8:00p Ticket Booth
Sat 9/19 5:00p - 8:00p Raffle Table
Sat 9/19  5:00p - 8:00p Raffle Table
Sat 9/19 5:00p - 8:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sat 9/19 5:00p - 8:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Ticket Booth
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Raffle Table
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Raffle Table
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sun 9/20 3:30p - 7:00p Ticket Booth
Sun 9/20 3:30p - 7:00p Raffle Table
Sun 9/20 3:30p - 7:00p Raffle Table
Sun 9/20 3:30p - 7:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sun 9/20  3:30p - 7:00p Ticket Taker / Usher


The Shortz! Film Fest Keeps Getting Better!!

The other day, someone asked me, "So, at your little film festival, do you show like a dozen films or something like that?" I was like "Ya, right".

Back in 2011, the first year of the Shortz! Film Fest, we showed thirty films at the Cabaret theater. We thought that this wasn't bad for a first year film festival. Now we are in our fifth year, and we have doubled our original number. That's right, do the math. The 2015 Shortz! Film Fest line up will include SIXTY films, plus and hour of favorite films from past years. That is five dozen plus films dude and dudettes. Back in 2011 we had three judges, now in our fifth year, again multiply by five, we have FIFTEEN judges critiquing this years films. Judges that are industry professionals such as producers, writers, actors, and film reviewers from all over the country. 

And now we would like to multiply our audience by a factor of five. Let's pack the El Rey Theater in Chico California, on September 18th, 19th, and 20th. Make your plans now to join us. Tickets are on sale now at CHICOTIX.COM. Twenty dollars gets you the entire weekend, that works out to three films for a buck! And don't forget, FREE POPCORN!

It's Out Of The Bag!

5th year logo

Hey Shortz! Fans as you know it’s the FIFTH Year Anniversary for the Shortz! Film Festival but what you may not know is that ChicoBag has been with us every year since the beginning.

ChicoBag is known around the globe for high quality, beautiful, reusable bags, pack, and totes in tons of styles and colors.  And every year Shortz! Film Fest has given Filmmaker Swag Bags, made by ChicoBag, to the attending filmmakers.  We stuff'em with tasty goodies and cool stuff and they can be used for years.



This year we are excited and proud to announce the Filmmaker Swag Bags are sporting the fabulous Shortz! Film Fest Logo and WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE THEM! 

These handsome Shortz! Film Fest ChicoBags are reusable, environmentally friendly bags. Whether you like reusable bags for grocery shopping or just because they are so handy for tons of other things, you'll want to get a Shortz! Film Fest bag because they are cool and you will be supporting the festival!

These bags are available for purchase now!  We have a limited supply so get yours today. 

Contact us at to order or pick them up at the Thursday Night Market  Aug 27th-Sept.17th or at the festival Sept. 18th-20th at the El Rey Theater.

Our deepest thanks and some BIG news!

Our call for entries is officially closed, but we wanted to just take a moment to send our deepest and most sincere thank you to all of the filmmakers that submitted films. We received over 100 entries again this season and you've made our job even harder with the amazing quality of work. We should have our lineup decided and acceptance letters delivered within a few weeks. But now you may be asking yourself, "What if my film isn't chosen to screen? Am I just flushing my money down the commode ?!"
As filmmakers ourselves, we feel (and have felt for years) your pain in the pocket book, so.......
Starting this season, whether your film is selected or not, your paid submission gets you a single full weekend pass to the festival!! (more details to come later) That's a $20 value, which - if we're doing the math right - means that the filmmakers who submitted early are actually getting money back! Consider it our way of thanking you for your continued support of our festival.
So, please come to Chico and spend the weekend with us and dozens of other filmmakers from around the world for three days of films and fun.
Thanks again!!!